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Old 04-20-2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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Soft bags for an 1150GS?

Hey everybody, first post from a longtime lurker. Looking for some advice. Here's the deal: I may be doing a weeklong dirt/trail ride in Colorado this summer, and I'm thinking my current gear won't cut it. I currently have the plastic BMW system cases that came with my bike (an '00 1150GS), and they're already beat to hell from the trails I've been doing lately.

I'm looking into soft side bags for a couple reasons:
1. They're cheaper than Jesses, Touratechs, and other metal cases
2. I've heard some people prefer the soft bags in a trail situation anyway (harder to break, easier to fix)

So here are my questions:
1. Does anybody have opinions on the choice to do a week's worth of trails with soft bags over hard panniers?
2. Do you have any recommendations which brands/models would work best for an 1150GS?


Thanks everybody!
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:01 PM   #2
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i liked the soft bags on my 1150gs, i had the cortech softbags on mine. i did make side racks to keep them off the bike though. it was nice to be able to throw them on in about 30 seconds if i needed bags.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:08 PM   #3
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I've got a set of Nelson Rigg Survivor Series Soft Bags this season. I've started a Long Term Review Thread here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=868607

My first impression are that they are going to be a solid performing piece of luggage. So far, I'm packed my Sleeping Bag, Rain Suit, Camp Pillow, Mess Kit, Hammock and Incidentals and I still have room.

The prices aren't bad either...

http://www.nelsonrigg.com/store/category.aspx?cid=143

and a better price through Bike Bandit:

http://www.bikebandit.com/nelson-rig...dry-saddlebags

I have always been impressed with Nelson Rigg's quality. I've used them for Tank Bags, T-Bags on my cruiser and Tail Bags. The warranty is great and you can't beat the prices!
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:48 PM   #4
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i've had great results with the Ortlieb moto bags. Used em on the xr650, Strom 1000.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:10 AM   #5
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If you have the TT or HB rack then the Ortlieb QRL bags clip right on.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:05 AM   #6
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I have the Wolfman Expedition on Givi racks.
The system works for me .
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:06 PM   #7
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Great thoughts, guys! I appreciate the recos. I've looked into the Wolfman bags, but hadn't found a good option for the racks. The Givi system could be right on.

Time to go research...
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:53 PM   #8
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heres a pick of my home made soft bag racks. i made them to keep the bags off the exhaust and extra fuel tank on the side.
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